Wayne Walker here:
As an amateur book reviewer (I say amateur because I make absolutely no money at it—but check out my book review weblog at http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/ ), I often receive newly published books to review. Since my focus is on literature for children and youth, I have had occasion recently to read a number of soon to be released young adult novels. Some of them have been pretty good, but most of them, even the ones with interesting stories, are filled with such filthy language, sexual situations, and other objectionable features, that godly parents would likely find them unfit for their young people.
The more I read such books, the more I am convinced that in many respects “older is better.” I am also trying to work my way through some of the earlier Newbery books, back in the days when a Newbery Medal actually meant something, and have found several real gems. We have also read several reprints of children’s literature from years gone by and liked them. So here’s a list of publishers who reprint good books—nice stories with godly principles and nothing morally inappropriate for youngsters who are being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Lost Classics Book Company: http://lcbcbooks.com/
Salem Ridge Press: http://www.salemridgepress.com/
Applewood Books: http://www.awb.com/catalog/default.php
Keepers of the Faith: http://www.keepersofthefaith.com/
Lamplighter Publishing: http://www.lamplighterpublishing.com/
Inheritance Publications: http://www.inhpubl.net/ip.htm
Preston-Speed Publications: http://www.prestonspeed.com/
AB Publishing (Angela’s Bookshelf): http://www.homeschooldiscountproducts.com/servlet/Categories?category=Old+Reprinted+Treasures%3AA.B.Publishing
Bethlehem Books: http://www.bethlehembooks.com/
American Home School Publishing: http://www.ahsp.com/
Perhaps you could add other sources. If so, please feel free to do so. We have purchased books from almost all of these companies and had had excellent results. One could spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars buying good books from these companies (many homeschooling catalogues carry books from many of them, and many of these publishers are run by homeschooling families), but even if you don’t have that much to spend, you might want to look over their websites to see if there is something which interests you. Happy reading!